Futures Forum: "An overwhelming majority of people want a bigger say over the development of their communities, and the benefits of successful localism would be huge: the planning process could be used to tackle wider societal challenges such as ageing, economic growth and environmental degradation, as well as engage communities about the issues that really matter to them."
To quote from the original piece from Richard Blyth of the Royal Town Planning Institute:
Bristol: Neighbourhood Planning Network
Bristol city council’s localism agenda delivered a radical approach, allowing planning to be influenced from the bottom up via its Neighbourhood Planning Network (NPN), thus drawing on the city’s distinctive and vibrant civic culture.
The council has a long history of engaging with communities on how to make better places, most of which pre-dates the current government’s own localism agenda. The best example of Bristol’s localism policy is the NPN, which is a network of around 45 neighbourhood groups. It was set up in 2006 and acts as a coordinating body for community involvement in planning issues.
Five cities where planning went right | Cities | The Guardian
To look further at what's happening in Bristol:
Neighbourhood Planning Network
Independent, voluntary planning groups working to get better community involvement in planning decisions in Bristol
NPN groups act as a conduit for early discussions with the community, to identify local issues that affect or are affected by development proposals and advise how to involve the wider community in consultation most effectively.
Neighbourhood Planning Network ~ Home
About the NPN
The Neighbourhood Planning Network (NPN) is a self-help network of independent voluntary neighbourhood groups who are or want to be more effectively involved in the planning system in Bristol.
Each group in the Network deals with development proposals in their own local community.
Neighbourhood Planning Network ~ About the NPN